I -think- this dragonfly is a blue dasher because of the black tip on its abdomen. They are speed demons that can fly up to 35 miles an hour when threatened. I wonder how it tore its wing. And is it painful?
This dragonfly’s wings look brittle — like the thinnest ice that forms on puddles.
The blue on the damselfly below seems improbable.
And yeah. Even after record rains the clay soil by the creek was already cracking and even turning to dust in some places. I was always under the impression that this was a bad thing. Not necessarily so. Frequent expansion and contraction helps the soil mulch itself and is part of the reason why we have or historically had such deep top soil in this region.
And it is resilient. The ability to expand and contract makes recovery from compaction possible.
How about that. Some days it seems like everything I thought I knew about gardening was wrong.
Commelina erecta or White-mouth Dayflower is one of those common little flowers that likes to grow in neglected spaces. I ‘rescued’ some from a ditch that was going to be mown last year. Tough plants. Just right for my garden. So far they have survived.
The leaves are super variable. The plants I found have really nice thick leaves that look a bit like Solomon’s Seal but I have seen some with very thin almost grass-like leaves.
Not sure why it is called erecta. Without the support of other plants it tends to flop. This is a plant that needs to mingle with others. Any suggestions? (Do click on the first photo if you want to see fairy dust.)